Legislators Consider Tougher Invasive Species Control Measures

Mar 19, 2018

Coqui Frog
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

Invasive species have been corrupting Hawaiʻi's environment since the first human contact, but recent generations have seen new invasive species arriving at an ever-increasing rate. To date there's been no single statewide agency to deal with the problem, which is why state lawmakers are considering Senate Bill 2399. The measure would create a "Hawaiʻi Invasive Species Authority."

The Conversation's Chris Vandercook talked with Big Island Invasive Species Committee's Franny Brewer about the measure and what it could mean in the ongoing fight against non-native species.